What Comes After the Notes?

Every composer is an author; every musician a storyteller.

How can the storyteller be liberated to tell the story in their own words, so their story is combined with the story of the author to create something new and unique in the moment of performance?

The Thinking Musician is an exploration of the artistic soul. Though we work with players at the highest level of technical ability, we do not talk about how to play the violin, the viola, the cello. We ask questions that have many answers, or no answers. We share, we talk, we play, we listen, we discover, we risk, we create, and we think.

In a place where we are close to nature, we make connections that our “normal” life prevents. We are away from the city, away from the phone, away from social media, away from the anonymous crush and the pollution, away from judgement, away from the struggle always to be right and away from the fear of being wrong. Instead, our human connections are created through music, through art, through provocation, through food, through shared endeavour and common experience. Into this space enters the artist; creative, spontaneous, alive, aware and unafraid.

Now we can ask the questions that put us on the path to artistry. What is the role of the artist today? Do we perform differently for a concert-hall audience or a room full of children? When does the performance begin? How differently can we tell the story but still keep the story?  Does creativity happen on the concert platform or in the practice room? Are we interesting, and do we have something interesting to say? Are we knowledgeable and does our knowledge liberate us? Is technique the same as expressive technique? How can we be free enough to be the best version of ourselves in the moment of performance?

The thinking musician lives in the moment, and from each moment they experience and extract the totality of an existence. This is an exciting, challenging and stimulating journey which leaves no artist unchanged, and no performance unaffected.

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